Malawi’s Flames protest hotel standards in Mali

Malawi national football squad is not happy with the standards of the hotel offered by Mali to accommodate the team ahead of the crucial Africa Cup of Nationals group qualifier match in Bamako.

The delegation leader David Dube said their hosts have offered them a sub-standard hotel Olympe Hotel after arriving on Wednesday.

Dube said the team had protested the accommodation forcing them to be at the hotel’s reception until by 10pm on Wednesday.

“The standard of the rooms of the hotel is so bad. We fear of catching infections,” Dube said.

Chimodzi:  Malawi coach still upbeat for good result in Bamako

Chimodzi: Malawi coach still upbeat for good result in Bamako

But Football Association of Malawi  (FAM) General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said despite the team’s complaints over poor standards of accommodation the hosts offered them warm reception.

Nyirenda said the match commissioner would assess Malawi’s complaints over the poor standards of the hotel to decide the course of action.

“The team was warmly welcomed in Mali. It’s only that they complained about the standards of the hotel, Olympe Hotel,” Nyirenda said.

“I am sure that the issue will be addressed by match commissioner when he comes to inspect the hotel.”

Malawi national football team coach Young Chimodzi released a list of 10 local players to join nine foreign based legion for the game against Mali in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group B match to be played on Saturday.

The local players left on Tuesday’s night through Kamuzu International Airport through Kenya, where they will were joined by professionals before connecting to Mali.

Mighty Wanderers Richard Chipuwa and Moyale Barracks Mac Donald ‘Dente’ Harawa have made the trip as goalkeepers, while Lucky Malata, Francis  Mlimbika, Bashir Maunde, John Lanjesi and Yamikani Fodya have travelled will man the defence.

In midfield, the coach picked Silver Strikers duo of Ndaziona Chatsalira and Young Chimodzi Jr alongside Blue Eagles maestro Philip Masiye.

However, the Chimodzi has not included any local based striker after  dropping Gastin Simkonda of Moyale Barracks, Big Bullets’ Mussa Manyenje and Deus Nkuti of Mafco from the squad.

Christopher John Banda of Blue Eagles failed to make it after picking an injury during training with the Flames.

The nine professionals in the squad are Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng’ambi, defender Limbikani Mzava and striker Gabadihno Mhango of Bloemfontein Celtic, defender Harry Nyirenda of Black Leopards, slippery striker Robin Ngalande of Ajax Cape Town, striker Chiukepo Msowoya and midfielder Chimango Kayira of Mozambique’s Costol do Sol, Atusaye Nyondo of University of Pretoria.

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